In March of this year, Mount Rushmore began a year of celebration marking its 90 years of history. Artist Gutzon Borglum had his work cut out for him in creating a truly monumental piece of art. One of the most interesting letters in the Arizona Historical Society collection is written by Borglum to Eleanor Roosevelt.
In preparation for our 10th annual symposium this fall, we’ve prepared a collection of items from the digital library related to the symposium theme, “Theodore Roosevelt and the Law.”
During the summer of 1915, Theodore Roosevelt, much like nations across Europe, was discovering who his true friends were. Learn about TR's libel suit, travels in the Canadian Rockies, and Roosevelt's approaches to dealing with the law, the theme for this year's symposium.
It's that time of year again! Every summer interns from around the country join us in our work on the TR Digital Library. We often ask them to share their experiences in the blog. Aimee Duchsherer examines and reflects on documents from the Margaret Sanger Papers Project.
One of the wonderful aspects about archival research (and cataloging archival collections!) is discovering things about which you knew nothing. Many people know about TR’s efforts in the peace talks to end the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). That war ended with the Treaty of Portsmouth, which was mediated by TR. Not so many people—maybe especially not Americans—have heard about the Peace of Marblehead.
Today One World Observatory officially opens to the public on top of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the western hemisphere. Guests will be treated to panoramic views of a truly great city. One World Observatory will also offer complimentary admission to 9/11 family members and the rescue workers who responded to the disaster.
To honor New York and celebrate the opening of the observatory, we take a look at how NYC appeared in TR's time.
This week we published a Theodore Roosevelt Commemorative Razor from the collections of the Inaugural Site. The straight razor commemorates Roosevelt’s succession to the presidency on September 14, 1901.
I started researching in archives as an undergraduate. In grad school, I traipsed through the Library of Congress and Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library. Then I continued volunteering in archives until I entered library school when I started student level positions in libraries. Not once in that nine year time period did I touch a reel of microfilm.
When I landed in Denver, I immediately started looking for mountains. Theodore Roosevelt might have done the same thing, aiming to climb the highest peak with whatever fascinating people happened to be in the area.
Last week I completed research at the Arizona Historical Society in Tucson. The collection is poignant because of the close personal friendship TR had with Patty Selmes, John Greenway, and Robert Ferguson. This level of caring didn’t extend just from TR. It was shared by Kermit, Archie, Alice, Ted, Ethel, Quentin, and Edith Roosevelt. Here are some of the items in this collection: